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K-12 Professionals

Using Graphic Organizers to Differentiate Instruction

EDUC 600

3 CREDITS

$350

Online

Instructor: Judy Kvaale

Grading: Letter or S/U

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 19, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $350

Class Offered Through eEducators

Course Description:

Research shows that graphic organizers can improve students’ academic performances in the classroom and increase student achievement scores. They can be used effectively with all student groups and abilities at all grade levels. Using Graphic Organizers to Differentiate Instruction course will address promoting critical and creative thinking through the use of graphic organizers, exploring ways to use graphic organizers to differentiate instruction and integrating graphic organizers with various curriculum models, textbooks, and/or teacher created units. Participants will read Differentiating with Graphic Organizers: Tools to Foster Critical and Creative Thinking by Patti Drapeau. Included in this book is a large collection of graphic organizers along with assessments to evaluate their effectiveness.

Objectives:

As a result of this participation in this course, participants should:

1.  Formulate a research-based rationale for integrating graphic organizers into classroom practices. (synthesis, analysis)

2.  Identify the purposes, benefits and applications of graphic organizers. (knowledge, comprehension)

3.  Recall the ten principles of differentiated instruction. (knowledge)

4.  Align the principles of differentiated instruction with ways graphic organizers can support them. (analysis, evaluation)

5.  Define and summarize six ways to differentiate instruction using cognitive graphic organizers. (knowledge, comprehension)

6.  Determine the differentiation cognitive graphic organizer to incorporate into specific lessons. (application, analysis, evaluation)

7.  Create a critical thinking and creative thinking rating scales or rubrics to assess the effectiveness of graphic organizers. (synthesis)

8.  Identify 5 critical thinking verbs and the graphic organizers that align with each verb. (analysis)

9.  Identify 4 creative thinking verbs and the graphic organizers that align with each verb. (analysis)

10.  Evaluate course content to determine verbs, graphic organizers and types of differentiation to apply to classroom lessons. (evaluation, synthesis)

Texts/Readings:

The required reading is found in 1 text and a collection of web sites. The required text is:

Drapeau, Patti (2009). Differentiating with Graphic Organizers: Tools to Foster Critical and Creative Thinking. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press.

About The Instructor

Judy Kvaale
Judy Kvaale

Judy Kvaale earned an M.S. in Elementary Education from Minot State University. Judy also earned a B.A. in Elementary Education, with a minor in reading. Judy has over 35 years of experience as a third grade teacher as well as experience instructing graduate classes and adult education. Judy also received the West Fargo Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Month award.

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Texts/Readings

The required reading is found in 1 text and a collection of web sites. The required text is:

Drapeau, Patti (2009). Differentiating with Graphic Organizers: Tools to Foster Critical and Creative Thinking. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press.

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